Earlier this week at a staff meeting at the Cal Academy, we did this ice breaker activity called "Back Writes" that was surprisingly insightful. Basically everyone in my department had a piece of paper taped to their backs and you were tasked with walking around and writing some kind of affirmation on it, either about the person's work or the person in general.
We're a pretty tight-knit, friendly department, so of course the comments were going to range from professional to completely silly.
Here's what mine looked like (click to enlarge).
The silly ones really made me laugh, particularly "sweet moves yo". But the ones that emphasized my "positivity," cheerfulness, and fun nature made a deeper impression on me.
Surprisingly, I think I'm a lot more upbeat and positive in my 40s than I was in my 30s and 20s.